Bley, Paul, Jimmy Giuffre & Steve Swallow
Sunnyside, 2003, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Avant Garde
O’s Notes: These three improvisers, Jimmy on clarinet, Paul on piano and Steve on bass, come together to engage in musical bliss that becomes Fly Away Little Bird. The music parallels the full life of a bird from birth to death with all of the adventure in between. There is lots of space around the music, like the vast openness of the sky. There is also the congestion and maze of trees in a dense forest that create obstacles. But it is never too much for these skilled musicians to navigate through. It is a unique experience that stretches imagination but fills the canvas.